For Immediate Release
August 29, 2018

Contact: Steve Wilcox
[email protected]

State of Arizona Awards $93,000 in Grants to Arts Learning and Engagement Programs Statewide
Second wave of fiscal year 2019 arts grantmaking brings state investment to $2.74 million

The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced 38 grants awarded to Arizona schools and nonprofit organizations in support of programs that establish or enhance opportunities for Arizona residents of all ages to learn through or about the arts.

In total, $93,000 was awarded in this wave of grantmaking. In July, the Arts Commission, a state agency that also administers funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, approved $2.65 million in grants to Arizona nonprofit arts organizations, festivals, schools, and community-based programs throughout the state.

Grants Awarded

This wave of grants comprises two funding programs:

Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age. Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.

Grantees include:

“Celebrating The Art In Earth”, an innovative program that will bring Gardens for Humanity teaching artists to Desert Star School in Cornville to present art and environmental education to the school’s 3rd graders.

For a complete list of grantees in your area, visit

How Grants Are Reviewed

In accordance with the Arts Commission’s strategic plan and governing statutes, schools and nonprofit arts organizations are awarded grants based on such factors as quality of programming, potential impact, and responsible stewardship of public funds. Grant applications are reviewed within rigorous panel processes and approved by the agency’s board of Governor-appointed Commissioners.

The Arts Commission’s grant funding is provided by the State of Arizona and funding awarded through a competitive annual process by the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts

One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 51-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector. Through robust programs, research initiatives, and strategic grantmaking, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts.

We imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.

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For more information on the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit or contact Steve Wilcox, Communications Director, Arizona Commission on the Arts, at (602) 771-6536 or [email protected].

To request this or any other agency publication in an alternative format, contact the Arts Commission offices at (602) 771-6502.

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